About Time

Date: 2013
Director: Richard Curtis
Production Company: Translux, Working Title Films

Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie
Location(s): Cornwall, London

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Romantic comedy in which awkward boy learns he can travel through time once he reaches 21 and uses it to secure a girlfriend. SJ

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The family home: Porthpean House, Porthpean Beach Road, south of St. Austell, Cornwall. This shot is taken from the beach. Private, though available for holiday let, this should be easy to "now" at low tide.

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This will be harder as it's in the grounds of Porthpean House. Looking east towards Polkerris and Menabilly. Gleeson sunbathes with sister Wilson and attractive friend Robbie.

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On a family walk on the south west coastal path. Probably south of Porthpean looking towards the promontory guarding Charleston Harbour, oft-used in film.

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On the coastal path enjoying an idyllic Cornish summer.

Gleeson arrives at Paddington, London W2.

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Nearly as busy. SJ

He drags his cases past the Abbey Road studios, London NW8.

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The wall has to repainted every now and again to reboot this Beatles mecca. SJ

And of course he uses the zebra crossing that the Beatles did for the "Abbey Road" cover.

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Yes I know I should be facing south for the now but this is "The Beatles" direction looking north and a good effort at re-enactment by these tourists. SJ

Gleeson arrives at Hollander's spread at 59 Brondesbury Road, Queen’s Park, NW6, with thanks to Tony Reeves for this.

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The hedge has gained a roof and the door a paint job. SJ

Training at Lincoln's Inn, WC2.

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The Range Rover is a little in the way. SJ

Gleeson meets McAdams after joining pairing up in a darkened restaurant.

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Looking up Newburgh Street from Ganton Street, W1. In daytime. SJ

McAdams disappears with love on the cards, if Gleeson can get his act together.

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Marlborough Court and Newburgh Street, W1. SJ

Gleeson joins Hollander for his new play at the Old Vic, The Cut, Waterloo, SE1.

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Actually they're on Waterloo Road facing The Cut. This is looking northwest up Waterloo Road. SJ

Mentioned in the narrative as 26 Courtfield Gardens, Gleeson goes to snatch away McAdams from a party and her boyfriend.

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Courtfield Gardens, SW5 it is. SJ

A romantic supper at Zorba’s Greek Taverna, 36 Leinster Gardens, W2, identified by Tony Reeves.

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One may sit at the very table, when it opens. SJ

Gleeson walks McAdams home.

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Golborne Road, W10. SJ

The walk to McAdams' flat.

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102 Golborne Road, W10. The magenta door. Director Curtis likes it here as he used it in "Love Actually" and "Notting Hill" as well. SJ

The nearest tube?

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Not quite, Maida Vale, W9, an interior also seen in End of the Affair (1999) while its exterior appears in Man about the House, The Black Windmill and Paddington. SJ

Another shot of the couple this time on the way up.

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It is Maida Vale, not a copy. SJ

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Bumping into his crush Robbie seen in 002 on the south bank, SE1.

Back to Cornwall for a stormy wedding in Portloe. Lionel and Cynthia have doubts about this location and are doing some research. (RL)

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True to their word Lionel and Cynthia did their research and found that from the path above the harbour, looking west, the scene remains much the same. They also found that the foreground apex roof belongs to the public conveniences! (RL)

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An interior. St Michael Penkivel/Penkevil Church, between Portloe and Truro.

Back to the coast and this is All Saints United Church, Portloe as Gleeson and McAdams brave the rain.

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Lionel and Cynthia Sear found a suitable break in the weather to capture the "now" only to find the yellow van there for the apparent duration. (RL)

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Wilson loses her zest of life and is involved in a car crash.

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Another angle.

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Back to Porthpean House.

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The interior of the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2, as Gleeson becomes a success in the legal world.

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Portmellon, south of Mevagissey.

Where Nighy and Gleeson used to go for their special father-son chats on Vault beach, Gorran Haven. The continuity suggests that it is just below Porthpean House but it's several miles away to the west.

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Lionel and Cynthia Sear ventured to uncharted territory, for them, to capture this shot of Vault Beach just to the west of Gorran Haven for us. (RL)